An open source render manager for media content.
Production proven render management

Production proven render management

OpenCue is a highly scalable render manager designed for the visual effects and animation industry. It provides a flexible architecture allowing you to tag and allocate specific jobs and tasks to specific machine types across multiple locations, both on-premises and in the cloud.

Actively developed for the industry

Originally developed by Sony Imageworks, OpenCue is hosted at the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), a vendor-neutral home for open source software development across the motion picture and broader media industries.

Cost savings

Avoid typical subscription and license fees found with commercial render managers.

Production tested

OpenCue comes from a pipeline with a long history of managing and delivering a large number of mission-critical renders.


Granular task controls

Many tasks can run on a single host, each with their own reserved core and memory requirements.

Detailed job tagging options

Assign specific machine properties to each job, either individually or in a group.

Highly scalable architecture

No limits to the processor count for any individual job and a database architecture that scales to hundreds of thousands of cores.



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